Mid­win­ter is Com­ing

Esquire (Philippines) - - GROOMING - PHO­TOGRAPHED By JOSEPH PAS­CUAL

Rid­ing ele­phants, pet­ting tigers, and join­ing the coun­try’s big­gest re­al­ity show, 2015 was definitely good to Margo Mid­win­ter. But as great as her break­out year was, the fu­ture seems even brighter for this month’s Woman We Love.

Margo Mid­win­ter sounds like a char­ac­ter from Game

of Thrones, a fan­tas­ti­cal war­rior princess who slays demons and com­mands dragons. It’s the kind of name that fits in with wicked queens, valiant knights, and en­chanted king­doms. That’s not to say though that Margo Mid­win­ter in real life isn’t all that in­ter­est­ing, be­cause if you had the year the she did, you’d see that it was bet­ter than any­thing Wes­teros could ever of­fer.

ESQUIRE: It seems like this was your break­out year.

MARGO MID­WIN­TER: Definitely. This year I got to travel a lot, do a lot of things on my bucket list like scuba div­ing, cliff jump­ing, rid­ing ele­phants, and touch­ing tigers. Aside from trav­el­ing and mod­el­ing, I got to be a house­mate in Pi­noy

Big Brother.

ESQ: That’s quite a list. So would you say you’re ad­ven­tur­ous?

MM: Nor­mally no when it comes to be­ing ad­ven­tur­ous, but this year I kind of pushed my­self to try new things be­cause [ my job] mod­el­ing is usu­ally about look­ing and wait­ing for the next project or next job. I re­al­ized that this life is all we have so I wanted to really ex­pe­ri­ence it and try ev­ery­thing I could. So I went to Cam­bo­dia, Thai­land, and ba­si­cally I just wanted to travel and be like a back­packer but not quite. Be­cause you know back­pack­ers seem to have a lot of ad­ven­tures but I think liv­ing with just a back­pack is quite sad be­cause you don’t have enough clothes.

ESQ: From ev­ery­thing you did this year, what ter­ri­fied you the most?

MM: The scari­est thing I did was zi­plin­ing and I did it here in the Philip­pines in Osamis where they had the high­est zi­pline. To get there, we had to ride a buggy car up the moun­tain and then it broke down half­way. So we had to wait for the horse to trot us all the way up. When you go down, it’s

okay since it’s fast, but then they have to bring you back up the same way. So the winds were blow­ing and you kind of swing a lit­tle, and they make you stop at the mid­dle, really high above. I kept look­ing down and think­ing, “Well if I fall and land there maybe I’d sur­vive.”

ESQ: Which was cra­zier though, that or join­ing Pi­noy Big Brother?

MM: PBB, definitely. You think it’s just go­ing to be a va­ca­tion. But ac­tu­ally ma

hi­rap ta­laga be­cause you’re thrown in into an en­vi­ron­ment where it’s go­ing to be fun, with dif­fer­ent peo­ple, but even­tu­ally, be­ing there ev­ery day, when you’re in that close prox­im­ity and you’re be­ing watched, it’s bound to take it’s toll on you. And you really have no com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the out­side world. You kind of start to over­think your life and start to have really deep thoughts about how you’re be­ing por­trayed. It’s really ex­cit­ing though and, in the whole process, you’ll feel really blessed that you’re there, that you were cho­sen to be part of it af­ter over 30,000 peo­ple au­di­tioned for it.

ESQ: What did you learn about your­self or about the whole thing?

MM: The house kind of brings out an ex­treme version of your­self. [Of course] it’s a TV show so you have to tell your­self to be en­ter­tain­ing in all as­pects. It brings out things about you that you never re- ally re­al­ized.

The house also brought out this pos­i­tive side of me that really wasn’t there be­fore. I de­cided that I was go­ing to make the most of my time at the house

kahit mahi­rap.

ESQ: What was the first thing you did af­ter get­ting out?

MM: The first thing I did was go to the spa and get a mas­sage and sleep be­cause we’re ac­tu­ally a lit­tle sleep de­prived in­side the house. Some­times we’d try and test like how much sleep we ac­tu­ally got be­cause there really was no sense of time in­side. So we’d try and test it by leav­ing the tread­mill on to mea­sure it and it was some­thing like five to six hours.

ESQ: You grew up in the U.K. What’s it like there? MM: Sa U.K., hindi mahi­rap mag- drive diyan. The weather though is [very gloomy], very Twi­light. So if you like Twi­light you’ll like it there (laughs).

ESQ: So what made you de­cide to move here?

MM: When I came here, it was sort of like an ad­ven­ture. Af­ter col­lege abroad, I wanted to live out­side of the sys­tem, and see­ing as there was an op­por­tu­nity here for me to model, [I went for it] and now there are no re­grets.

ESQ: First thing that stuck out for you when you got here?

MM: Traf­fic that is for sure, that’s like num­ber one.

ESQ: What’s the long­est you’ve been on the road?

MM: I think I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced three hours of Manila traf­fic. And I kind of kept my san­ity by rolling down my win­dow and ask­ing a boy to buy me a Coca- Cola and some

chichirya.

ESQ: Really? MM: Yes! At first I thought I could just get out of the car and do it my­self but I was a bit wor­ried to get out of my car in the mid­dle of Malate. I didn’t even know where the near­est sari-sari store or 7-11 was. So, this lit­tle boy, he was a street kid I think, he did it and I gave him some pe­sos and I said to him, “Do you want to sit in­side first and have a lit­tle chat?” So we were drink­ing our Coca- Cola and ate our

chichirya. He was about six or seven and we got to talk a lit­tle but I did tell him, “You know you’re not sup­posed to go in­side strangers’ cars.”

ESQ: You had quite an event­ful 2015. What’s your big­gest les­son from this year?

MM: I never really re­al­ized how much of a pos­i­tive per­son I was be­fore I joined PBB so that’s some­thing I wanted and de­cided to keep mov­ing for­ward. I also got a lot more fol­low­ers on­line thanks to the show.

ESQ: Hope­fully you get a couple more af­ter this.

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